Gil Anidjar

Gil Anidjar is Professor in the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS).


Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, Jewish Thought


Jews and Arabs, Political Theology, Race and Religion, Christianity, Rhetorical Exertion, Continental PhilosophyRecent


Religion 101, Freud and Derrida, Reading Orientalism


‘Our Place in al-Andalus’: Kabbalah, Philosophy, Literature in Arab Jewish Letters (2002); The Jew, the Arab: A History of the Enemy (2003); Semites: Race, Religion, Literature (2008); Blood: a Critique of Christianity (2014)


Jacques Derrida, Acts of Religion (2002)


Marc Nichanian, The Historiographic Perversion (2009); Peter Szendy, Prophecies of Leviathan. Reading Past Melville (2010)

Recent Essays

The Violence of Violence: Response to Talal Asad's “Reflections on Violence, Law, and Humanitarianism,” Critical Inquiry 41: 2 (Winter 2015) 435-442.


“Medieval Spain and the Integration of Memory (On the Unfinished Project of Pre-Modernity)” in Islam and Public Controversy in Europe, Nilüfer Göle, ed. (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2014) 217-225.


“Of Globalatinology,” Derrida Today 6:1 (2013) 11-22.


 “Survival” in Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon 2 (Winter 2012), online at